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Spring and Summer Global Programs For Middle and Upper School Students

Through Lead From Here, Ravenscroft develops in our students a global perspective and the valuable skills needed to take their place in a world built on connectivity and international awareness. Our global programs are woven across all three divisions and include academic studies, cultural immersion, world language proficiency, research opportunities and service learning.

Information about cultural programs is below. If you would like more information about a trip or would like your student to participate, please contact David Kates or Jessica Yonzon.

Please note, world language proficiency is not required for these opportunities.

Spanish Exchange with Centro Escolar Amanecer (Winter Break, Feb. 14-26)

  • This long-established homestay program for Upper School students offers the “most bang for the buck” and is all-inclusive (flights, accommodations, food, excursions, etc.).

  • Highlights include attending classes at the school, plus visits to Madrid, El Prado, Toledo, Segovia and Alcalá de Henares.

  • Program leaders this year are Kalista Richardson and Jason Ramsden.


China Exchange with Beijing HS No. 20 (Hosting Feb. 10-13; in China in June)

  • Students from China stay with families here in February and then host Ravenscroft Upper School students in Beijing for a week in mid-June.

  • Highlights of the week in Beijing include the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and more, ending with an excursion to Xi’an to see the Terracotta Army.

  • Ravenscroft host families are needed. Contact Mr. Kates for more information.

Belize Global Public Service Academy for Health (Spring Break, April 5-12)

  • This program offers an established homestay experience focused on global health, giving participants an opportunity to make a difference through supporting basic medical interventions.

  • Upper School students passionate about global issues and health-care careers may be particularly interested. Students will also discover the rich culture of Belize.

  • This year’s program leaders are Melanie Spransy and Matt Thomas.

Costa Rica (April 11-20)

  • This program for Middle School students offers cultural immersion, community service and friendship through work with a local school, with students participating in renewable energy projects and building relationships and cultural understanding through a homestay experience with host families.

  • Highlights of the trip include the service projects; visits to Ad Astra Rocket Company, a wind-power plant and a geothermal plant; and nature exploration and education through hikes, visits to local plantations and beaches.

  • Program leaders are Michelle Schulze, Bubby Whitmore and Jennifer (Marchi) Davis.

Ireland (April 12-21)

  • This program, available to Middle School students, features travel in cities including Dublin, Kilkenny, Killarney, Belfast and the Galway area.

  • Sightseeing will include Trinity College and the Book of Kells, the National Museum of Archaeology, several castles and cathedrals, the Rock of Cashel, the Ring of Kerry, the Cliffs of Moher and a traditional Irish farm.

  • Program leaders are Sarah Baker and Wes Brown.

Zambia (April 12-22)

  • The purpose of this Upper School trip to Zambia, in southern Africa, is to establish relationships with schools and learn about the people and places the group visits. The program takes place primarily near the Zambezi and Luangwa Rivers.

  • Participants bring over 450 pounds of supplies to the schools, based on their identified needs and wants, through an organization called Pack for a Purpose.

  • This year’s program leaders are Shelly Torres and Heather Mallory.

Iceland (June 8-19)

  • This program for eighth- and ninth-grade students includes travel around Reykjavik, the country’s capital and largest city, and The Ring Road.

  • Students will see glaciers, waterfalls, puffins, hot springs, caves, craters and more while enjoying some of the warmest and driest weather of the year.

  • Program leaders are Paul McAllister and Greg Anysz.

Italy (June 11-21)

  • This program will appeal to Upper School students with a passion for ancient and modern history, Latin, art and architecture.

  • Highlights include ancient Roman sites such as the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, Mt. Vesuvius and Pompeii; medieval towns such as Assisi and Siena; the historic and modern sides of Florence and Naples; and religious centers and cathedrals.

  • Program leaders are Colleen Girouard and Jonathan Avery.

Spoleto Study Abroad Summer Session (July 11-Aug. 4)

  • Held in beautiful Spoleto in central Italy, this is an intensive interdisciplinary program described as “A Renaissance Program for the Renaissance Student.”

  • Upper School students interested in music, the visual arts, photography, creative writing or drama spend the summer surrounded by talented and motivated peers and faculty.

  • Ravenscroft is a founding member and current consortium school with Spoleto Study Abroad and has had many students and faculty members participate in the past.